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WANTED: Advocates For the CPA Profession

Advocacy is a political process by an individual or group which aims to influence public-policy and resource allocation decisions within political, economic, and social systems and institutions.  2014 Wikipedia Do you know who the advocates for the CPA profession are? Well, yes, they are Society staff … and certainly we have a lobbyist … but, more importantly “they” are [...]

How Do You Prepare for What’s Ahead?

Most of us think about the future at least some of the time.  Some of us think about the future a lot.  A few of us may simply take each day as it comes?  Those people probably read the headline and moved on.  Because if you take each day as it comes, there is no [...]

So What’s Your Hyperspecialty?

First there was specialization in the CPA profession, now there is hyperspecialization. What’s next? Microspecialization? Actually, yes, that’s on the way too, but for now we are going to stick with the concept of hyperspecialization for the purposes of this blog post. So what is it and why do care? The Society’s task force on [...]

It Won’t Be Easy, But It’s Worth Doing

The American Accounting Association (AAA) and the AICPA created the Pathways Commission on Accounting Higher Education to:  “study the future structure of higher education for the accounting profession and develop recommendations for educational pathways to engage and retain the strongest possible community of students, academics, practitioners, and other knowledgeable leaders in the practice and study [...]

Diversity of Thought and Culture

Here at INCPAS, we like to be leaders rather than followers. One area we think we’ve been leading is in diversity. Many of you know that diversity levels in the CPA profession have not changed much in 25 years. While we may not have made much of a dent yet, we are scratching the surface. [...]

What’s Wrong with CPE Today?

In a recent blog post, INCPAS President & CEO Gary Bolinger, CAE, asked the question, “Is there a need to change CPE?” In his post, Bolinger said, “It is the public interest to get continuing education focused on competency and NOT hours.” The idea of changing CPE from an hours-based model to a competency-based model has [...]

The Way Work Should Be!

Do you dread the thought of getting up for work every morning? Does going through the same old routine each day get you down? Maybe you start thinking about the weekend on Wednesday … or even Monday perhaps? Here at the Indiana CPA Society, the answers to those questions are no, no and no. And the same sentiment apparently extends throughout much of the CPA profession in Indiana as well. Those of us within the Society and the profession have known for a long time that it’s a great profession to work for and in. And now there is proof.

What IS a private company?

Sounds simple, but … maybe not. There has been a lot of news about the “right” answer for private company gap. There also have been plenty of messages sent to the Financial Accounting Foundation ( FAF ) on the topic … and members of the profession are pretty passionate about the issue.

We Will Do Our Best …

A big part of our “quality control” is the evaluation process that our members complete. We get lots of comments … not just numbers. And we read those comments. We really do our best to be responsive to those comments. But we need to be completely honest here. There are some things that are simply out of our control. Understand this … I am NOT making this stuff up. It is all real. No one could make this stuff up.

Getting Away

It is time for the annual golf trip. Early March. For those of you who know me, it is legendary. This year marks 17 years and 12 guys. It began as a fluke … standing around at a cocktail party in the fall of 1995. The scene was Houston, Texas. Somebody said, really just to [...]